• Question: What is your most liked animal?

    Asked by drobaj1 to Cassie, Greg, Karen, Sofia, Tommy on 7 Nov 2013. This question was also asked by scarey09, hjames1, jrudrum, mjames, bgolding, benplummer.
    • Photo: Thomas Doherty-Bone

      Thomas Doherty-Bone answered on 7 Nov 2013:

      My “most liked” by others, or my own favourite?

      As I interperate two possible questions, I shall give two different answers:

      – I find that animals most liked by other people appear to be things like dogs, cats, rabbits, monkeys, large animals or animals with large eyes and fur. Animals people are familiar with day-to-day, or either grab attention or have traits that trigger the same nurturing instincts that babies do to us.

      – my favourite animal is the Royal Python. Snakes are my most favourite animals, that species I have selected for nostalgic reasons – it was the first snake I ever held in my hands. I was 7.

    • Photo: Sofia Franco

      Sofia Franco answered on 8 Nov 2013:

      I always loved Toucans and Anemones! But I also love anything furry or feathery (I know this is a cliché!)…but how can you not love them? Anyway, every year I seem to find some new favourites and I have to say over the last weeks I got hooked on sea slugs and hermit crabs! We did a class with hermit crabs and they are just great 🙂 they love their shell, but if they see some better one they will just try to steal it…so you see this little naked crab sneaking around, measuring up the new shell to see if is good and then stuffing in their cute butt and running away! Just awesome!

    • Photo: Cassandra Raby

      Cassandra Raby answered on 8 Nov 2013:

      Oh wow! It’s so hard to choose a favourite!

      People often think that baboons must be my favourite animal because I study them and live with them. But actually scientists choose which animals to study because of the information they can get from them. I study baboons because they act almost like humans, and have the same diseases as humans… so I can get some really good information from them.

      But back to your question… I would say that I love cats (pets and wild!), and birds (I’m always so jealous that they can fly!).

    • Photo: Karen Bacon

      Karen Bacon answered on 11 Nov 2013:

      I’m a big animal fan and like pretty much all animals. Domestic animals, my favourites are dogs and horses; native wild animals I love raptor birds, hedgehogs and badgers; exotic animals I think my favorite has to be the hyrax. The hyrax is a small mammal that lives in parts of Africa and although it looks a bit like an over-grown guinnea pig it’s actually the closest living relative to elephants! If you look closely you can see tiny little tusks on them. My favorite invertebrate (no backbone) animal is the sea mouse – this is a slug-like sea creature that has pretty coloured setae (hairlike structures), I think they’re cute.